A Kai Havertz brace gave Chelsea a cushty 2-0 victory over west London rivals Fulham on Saturday night.
The guests began brightly however Thomas Tuchel’s males have been quickly capable of compose themselves and take the lead after ten minutes. Thiago Silva’s lengthy punt ahead was plucked out of the sky by Mason Mount, who slotted it by means of for Havertz to squeeze previous Alphonse Areola.
The German then obtained his brace to double his facet’s lead simply 4 minutes into the second half. The 21-year previous performed a one-two together with his compatriot Timo Werner, whose deliciously weighted by means of ball was neatly completed by Havertz.
Regardless of Fulham’s push to get at the least one again, the Blues stood agency and noticed out a 2-0 win which strikes them onto 61 factors – six in entrance of West Ham, who play on Monday evening. The end result additionally means Fulham’s hopes of staving off relegation are properly and really fading, as they sit 9 factors adrift of with their rivals all having performed one recreation fewer.
Now, let’s get into some rankings.
Edouard Mendy (GK) – 8/10 – Was pressured into a few superb stops and did properly to bag one other clear sheet.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – 7/10 – Needed to be on excessive alert towards Antonee Robinson and Ademola Lookman down Fulham’s left and did a strong job towards the duo.
Thiago Silva (CB) – 7/10 – Offered composure on the again and was key to serving to his facet overcome the shock of Fulham’s vivid begin to set his facet on their method to victory.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – 8/10 – Confirmed nice positioning as he lined for group mates, making 11 interventions.
Reece James (RWB) – 7/10 – Very constructive in possession and always aimed to drive his facet ahead with mazy runs down the correct.
Billy Gilmour (CM) – 6/10 –Struggled at instances towards Fulham’s aggressive urgent however he utilized himself properly and was dogged and tenacious in all he did, permitting the likes of Mount to roam free and create.
Mason Mount (CM) – 8/10 – The architect to most of Chelsea’s attacking play, including a lot impetus and thrust from the centre of the sphere. Assisted Havertz’s opener fantastically.
Ben Chilwell (LWB) – 7/10 – Picked up good positions up the sphere and supplied an choice out huge. Was robust defensively, too, marshalling Ivan Cavaleiro properly and barely giving the Fulham man a sniff.
Hakim Ziyech (RW) – 6/10 – Grew into the sport as time went on and confirmed moments of sophistication however, unusually, simply could not discover a move to penetrate Fulham’s backline.
Kai Havertz (CF) – 9/10 – Seems to be lastly discovering some type, scoring two pleasant objectives to earn Chelsea all three factors.
Timo Werner (LW) – 8/10 – Made some typical runs in behind and was capable of forge some good openings for others with two key passes, notably creating Havertz’s second purpose.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – 6/10
Tammy Abraham (ST) – 6/10
Marcos Alonso (LWB) – N/A
Alphonse Areola (GK) – 6/10 – Like his reverse quantity made one or two nice stops and regarded sharp however, sadly, wave after wave of assault proved an excessive amount of.
Ola Aina (RB) – 6/10 – Was good on the ball, discovering an out ball or taking it up the pitch himself properly. Stayed tight to his reverse quantity as a rule, though generally struggled with the Blues’ fluid assault.
Joachim Andersen (CB) – 6/10 – Was conscious of the runs of Werner and Havertz for essentially the most half and handled them properly, making six ball recoveries.
Tosin Adarabioyo (CB) – 6/10 – Had his teammates’ backs and lined properly, monitoring again to good impact when unmarked runners obtained in behind. Was robust within the air, as properly, profitable two aerial battles.
Antonee Robinson (LB) – 6/10 – Was vivid and constructive all through, all the time trying to surge ahead and even pressured a nice save from Mendy earlier than half time.
Ivan Cavaleiro (RM) – 5/10 – Had his moments, exhibiting his power and tempo however struggled to impose himself on the sport and was handled effectively by Chilwell.
Mario Lemina (CM) – 6/10 – Began enjoying some beautiful balls by means of the hosts’ midfield within the first interval however pale within the second. Had a strong recreation defensively although, making 5 tackles.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (CM) – 6/10 – Confirmed nice aggression and pressed excessive, hardly ever giving Gilmour a second’s peace. Simply lacked a little bit of finesse when it counted and was wasteful across the penalty space.
Ademola Lookman (LM) – 7/10 – Demonstrated fantastically fast toes and was his facet’s most potent risk when driving ahead, making three key passes.
Bobby Reid (ST) – 6/10 – Was free to roam round, enjoying off of Josh Maja and linked up very well together with his colleagues. Discovered pockets of house however did not handle to discover a killer finish product.
Josh Maja (ST) – 5/10 – Not often obtained the service when he darted in behind.
Josh Onomah (CM) – 5/10
Fabio Carvalho (AM) – 5/10
Aleksandar Mitrovic (ST) – N/A